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The Popular Resistance Committees called on Hamas to stop arrests of 'mujahideen' in the Gaza Strip. Hamas officials recently met with Hezbollah and Iranian officials in Lebanon to discuss their relationships, which have frayed as a result of the Syrian civil war. Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh called on the Egyptian media to end its incitement against Palestinians.
President Abbas said any agreement with Israel would be brought up to a referendum. Abbas also said that "all options are open" if there is no progress in peace talks with Israel. Hamas official Abu Marzouk denied that the group's al Qassam Brigades is operating in Egypt.
Former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan said Mahmoud Abbas' decision to renew peace talks with Israel is political suicide. Hamas officials expressed concern that Egypt's operations against smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt are causing a "humanitarian situation." A senior PLO official said the Palestinian leadership has not yet decided to resume negotiations with Israel.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal said Islamists must learn from their mistakes in Egypt and Tunisia. Hamas said Mahmoud Abbas' decision to renew peace talks with Israel is a "disaster." Palestinian officials said they were assured by Secretary of State Kerry that negotiations with Israel, should they resume, will be based on the 1967 lines.
Fatah called on Hamas to take steps toward a unity government; Hamas rejected a deadline for reconciliation. Palestinian officials said they want to make changes to Secretary of State Kerry's plans for peace talks with Israel. Officials also said that Israel must meet a set of terms before the negotiations. The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem issued a statement of condolence to AQAP for the death of its deputy leader, Said al Shihri. Hamas urged Egyptian authorities to allow smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt to remain open.
Hamas said that war with Israel was unlikely to break out in the near future. Hamas announced the death of a member of the al Qassam Brigades who is also a nephew of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Hamas called on the Palestinian Authority not to push forward with negotiations with Israel.
Three Palestinians were arrested in possession of a variety of weapons in a West Bank village by Israeli authorities; the three admitted they were planning a terror attack. Israeli and Palestinian officials have been conducting "secret talks" related to the potential release of numerous Palestinians arrested prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad resumed formal contact with Hamas, following a recent suspension of ties. Jordan's King Abdullah warned that Palestinians may launch an Arab Spring-style revolt. Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings with Gaza, which had been closed in response to recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.